There were a few Groups there which created a good-mixed atmosphere. We had traditional tacos with beans, cheese and salad and a piece of steak. It was delicious but so filling! We then sat round the campfire and one of the guides spoke of stories about their past. He explained a cool story about how the stars were formed by animals in the past… it’s too long to write but it’s probably easy enough to find out. They then did some dancing and got some people up to join. When that had finished we went back to the Hogans. Some people slept outside under the stars but I decided to sleep in the Hogan. Firstly, I can sleep under the stars anywhere, It’s not very often you get to sleep in a Hogan. Secondly there were Res. Dogs, caterpillars and other wild creatures wandering around. It was so cosy in the Hogan. We were woken at 6am to go
What an amazing experience ! We got to monument valley around 4and our tour out into the desert started at four thirty. We were taken out in a safari style truck and the guide explained the different meanings they had for all the large cliff things… it was a lot cooler than it sounds, not weatherwise though… it was boiling. He also showed us typical native Najavo(?) Houses which were made of Josha trees and mud/sand from the area. They were called Hogans. There was a male, female and sweat lodge. We then went to explore more of the valley it was so much fun as the tracks were made up. We also saw some native sketchings on the wall. The tour guide had a lil chihuahua, we named him Taco Bell he followed us whenever we stopped. When darkness started to fall we headed for the eating point.
Mesa Verde and Durango. 16th September… we went to the cliff palaces of the american natives in Mesa Verde. It was in the National Park. It was incredible to see how much work was put into the places the natives once called home and how skilled they were. The palaces were built into the cliff side. It was another challenge for me as the steps were quite steep and down a cliff side at an elevation of around 7000 feet. Although this time there was a handrail so it made it easier. To get back up we climbed 3 big wooden ladders with thick spindles. After we had finished at the National park we went to Walmart, it was our teams turn to cook (Me,Carla,Alex) we decided on Green Thai Curry, luckily Alex is a chef so that was helpful :) we got back to camp & our tent partners set up camp whilst we began to prepare dinner, it went down really well, people even had seconds. It was Alex’s birthday the day before so we got him a red velvet cake, we sang to him and roasted marshmallows round the fire.
Santa Fe… a small place in New Mexico. It was kinda old school, it was cool though. We set up camp and headed downtown we explored the little shops and places there and then had lunch in a cute restaurant called the Shed. It served New Mexican food , it was good! Then we spent the evening in the Thunderbird bar… I felt a lil tipsy after two beers… woops. It was fun to finally be able to sit at a bar in the states with my I.d!
Working backwards… today we are travelling across New Mexico. We have just stopped at Roswell, a small town famous for UFO sitings. There were little alien figures everywhere including outside fast food restaurants. We also went to a museum whilst we were there. It was pretty funky & some of the stuff was pretty interesting. We are on the road now, we just passed Roswell correctional facility, signs followed shortly after stating not to pick up hitch hikers… apparently they could be escapees!! We are heading for Carlsblad where we are going to some caverns.
One of my most favourite places on earth is a prison. ALCATRAZ. In the bay of San Francisco. It is so eery and interesting. Today, I got to share my enthusiam with Sam and he really enjoyed it. We are off to the baseball shortly. We are so tired so hopefully we will sleep well tonight. I will post a photo later on of how far we walked today!
So we arrived yesterday at around 4pm the flight was good with minimal turbulence. My mum had got us into the virgin upper class lounge which was very helpful as it meant we could relax a lot more before our flight and get that bit of luxury before travelling. We are staying in the Radison on Fishermans Wharf I love this area of SF! We went to pier 39 last night and went in a sports bar called ‘Players’ it had a great atmosphere and Sam got an idea for American food portion sizes!! We had a look round the shops there so many cute things! Then I showed sam the all famous Sea Lions of Pier 39. I have always loved going to see them! I think we are both very overwhelmed and feel like we are dreaming! The jetlag is pretty tough too we fell asleep at around 8:30/9 (4:30/5am uk time) so we didn’t do too bad. I’ve been wide awake for the past two hours though! Its 6am and im considering finding the gym to wake me up! I also need to find a walgreens as I have left a few essentials behind! Today we are heading up to union square ♡ then Alcatraz… one of my most favourite places in the world I go there everytime im in SF! can’t wait for Sam to cope with my enthusiasm!!! Tonight we are watching the Giants baseball game at AT&T park! Im really excited and hopefully we are meeting up with some people from our tour before the game :) I guess I should try and get some sleep or get up and have a shower….
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